PRESERVING THE SITE
Because of the nature of the materials used in constructing the buildings and the harshness of the weather in the outback, the buildings are vulnerable to falling into disrepair quickly. It is for this reason that the buildings need regular care and maintenance.
The materials of the homestead are coolibah, corrugated iron and ripple iron that have been white washed. The floors in the original part of the homestead are cement over ash and fat and in the rest of the house is cement generally.
The roof was originally covered with grass thatch tied down to split saplings and was later updated to corrugated iron.
The outbuildings, consisting of the meat house and saddle house, are constructed of part Acacia peuce and coolibah with a grass thatching roof. Due to local cattle rubbing against the thatching it has been reinforced with chicken wire.
Old Andado Homestead is seen as the only remaining Homestead of its kind in Australia. It is a poignant reminder of how life was without modern amenities such as mains electricity, hot water systems, mains water, the telephone and glass windows in some cases!
For many that come through Old Andado it is an ‘eye opener’ and they find it staggering that someone could live there for over 50 years, for others it reminds them of their grandmother’s homes. It is a real testament to its rigid framework construction that it still standing today!
The Old Andado Homestead is an overnight stop for many people who are crossing the Simpson Desert, completing the Binn’s Track or doing many of the outback tracks. It has also been used as a base for Parks and Wildlife crews who are studying the nocturnal wildlife at the Mac Clark Acacia Peuce Reserve. It has been regularly visited by geologists and scientists over the years as well as many artists, photographers and bird watchers.
In 2008 a group of people passionate about the Old Andado homestead got together and formed Friends of Old Andado Incorporated. Our aim is to initially secure caretakers for the site and then to raise funds to install solar power and improve the services and amenities available to visitors. Our most important task above all is to ensure the buildings are cared for and remain as is for another 50 years and longer! For more information on the Friends of Old Andado Incorporated please contact us.